As of now, the Houston Texans do not know who their starting quarterback will be when they host Kansas City in Week 1 of the NFL season on Sept. 13. But if he had to wager on it, Houston 610 radio host Nick Wright believes Brian Hoyer will win the job.
Only Wright doesn’t think he should.
“If they name Brian Hoyer the starter and they do it early, it is a – what’s the word?” Wright said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I don’t want to say unforgivable, but it’s unexplainable. Ryan Mallett probably isn’t good, but he played one healthy game last year and was very good in that game.”
Mallett was 41-of-75 (54.7 percent) for 400 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions against the Browns and Bengals last season.
“Then he had a torn (pectoral) or shoulder and he wasn’t good,” Wright said. “He might be good. We know Hoyer isn’t any good, but it’s just something you see with some coaches. They just believe they can fix it.”
Wright referenced a recent poll in which NFL general managers were asked to rank the top 35 quarterbacks in football.
“Brian Hoyer comes in 30th,” Wright said. “You know why? Because Brian Hoyer stinks. He’s always stunk. He’s never been good. And if you think you can fix it like you thought you can fix Ryan Fitzpatrick, it’s a little bit of hubris there. And I think Bill O’Brien is a good coach. I also think the NFL, (which) was once the ultimate team sport, has become the ultimate quarterback challenge.”
And it’s a challenge O’Brien may have failed during the 2014 Draft. O’Brien and the Texans, who had the 33rd overall pick, opted not to trade up one pick to draft Teddy Bridgewater. Instead, they allowed the Vikings to take Bridgewater and had to settle on UCLA guard Xavier Su’a-Filo.
“I think that might cost him any chance he had of being a successful head coach for the Texans,” Wright said of O’Brien. “Because where do you get the quarterback? Didn’t get him last year. Not going to get him this year. Quarterbacks don’t hit free agency. When you have J.J. Watt and (Jadeveon) Clowney and Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson and Arian Foster, you’re not going to be a three-win team. You’re going to be stuck in that purgatory in perpetuity of six, seven, eight, nine, 10 wins, and you just can’t get your quarterback unless you luck into Russell Wilson.”
What does that mean for Texans? It means Hoyer is the likely starter.
“It should be Ryan Mallett,” Wright said. “Either way, the answer (isn’t good).”